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U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Herrell introduced legislation that would exempt oil and gas development on federal lands in New Mexico from President Joe Biden’s moratorium. The bill is called “Protecting New Mexico’s Jobs and Public Education System Act.” “New Mexico stands to lose more than any other state under Biden’s ban,” said Herrell. “The loss of jobs and the loss of funding for public education would be absolutely devastating.”Biden responding to criticism from the oil and gas industry, characterizing his actions as opportunities to create jobs. “We’re not going to ban fracking. We’ll protect jobs and grow jobs,” Biden said. Biden wasted no time tackling his climate change agenda by putting a 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands. This move is raising concerns, where numerous public programs, rely on the oil and gas industry’s success. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association Spokesperson Robert McEntyre said in an email to KOAT: “States like New Mexico depend on oil and gas as a critical part of our economy and state budget. A moratorium on federal leasing disproportionately disrupts economies like ours. We are eager and ready to work with the administration to address climate change as we work toward a future with lower emissions and cleaner energy.”Meanwhile, environmentalists are applauding Biden’s move. They argue the U.S. and the world are facing a climate crisis. They believe if swift action isn’t taken, the impacts would be catastrophic. Herrell said she wrote to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham asking for her support. Grisham’s office told the Associated Press on Friday that her team is looking over the federal action and the financial implications, both short term and long term, the state could face.

U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Herrell introduced legislation that would exempt oil and gas development on federal lands in New Mexico from President Joe Biden’s moratorium.

The bill is called “Protecting New Mexico’s Jobs and Public Education System Act.”

“New Mexico stands to lose more than any other state under Biden’s ban,” said Herrell. “The loss of jobs and the loss of funding for public education would be absolutely devastating.”

Biden responding to criticism from the oil and gas industry, characterizing his actions as opportunities to create jobs.

“We’re not going to ban fracking. We’ll protect jobs and grow jobs,” Biden said.

Biden wasted no time tackling his climate change agenda by putting a 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands. This move is raising concerns, where numerous public programs, rely on the oil and gas industry’s success.

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association Spokesperson Robert McEntyre said in an email to KOAT:

“States like New Mexico depend on oil and gas as a critical part of our economy and state budget. A moratorium on federal leasing disproportionately disrupts economies like ours. We are eager and ready to work with the administration to address climate change as we work…



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